Do your kids’ room look something like this?
Or even like this after a playdate?
Are you struggling to find a way to his closet without tripping over small lego parts and finding a clutter-free spot to step on?
Did you give up all attempts to teach him that lego belongs to the box and not in mommy’s socks, and his cars should be in a garage and not in mommy’s kitchen?
No need to despair, you’re not alone!
Kids are not the tidiest creatures, but luckily keeping their room organized and avoiding the war zone look is not impossible.
Here are some of the best tips from fellow moms and bloggers. Feel free to add your own or email us a photo of your nursery to be featured here next time!
1. Start with Lego
Every house has one – box full of Lego.
Think of ways your kids are playing with it. Based on that, decide how you will organize it. Jen from I Hearts Organizing decided to go by color because he older boys preferred it that way. Keep the manuals and small parts also in separate boxes.
I think this color system also works better for tidying up – if they’re done playing with it, they know it needs to go back to the boxes based on color. So the chances are, they won’t create a complete mess if they know it will take them half a day to separate the colors and pieces. Clever, huh?
2. Use Clutter Free Activity Tables
These days most of the furniture for kids rooms comes with storage space, so make sure you’re paying attention to it when you’re shopping for activity table or any other furniture for the playroom.
It’s perfect for storing things like crayons, papers and small clutter that accumulates on the table.
3. Use Coat Hangers
Coat hangers are brilliant for kids room – almost anything can be stored using just a few basic baskets or pot holders.
4. Re-purpose Shoe Organizer
Cheap, easy to install and amazing for storing kids soft toys.
5. Use Glass Containers
They are great for storing crayons, art supplies or small toys. Arrange them nicely on a shelf and they will make pretty great decorations too. Not suitable for small kids.
6. Double up Seating Area as Storage
This is one of my favorite ones – clever use of space both for sitting and putting away toys! Brilliant!
7. Wooden Crates instead of Shelves
This cute little crates can be customized to match your play room decor and colors. Cheap and easy storage solution for books and toys. Follow the tutorial by Smart School House.
8. Rolling Storage Cubes
Customized activity table with chairs that doubles up as storage.
Tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic.
9. Art Storage with customized Jar Toppers
Not just practical, but damn cute! Glue their favorite animals to the jar top, spray paint, and that’s it!
10. Bed Storage
No space should be wasted if you can use it for extra storage! If you’re reading books before sleep, use the space under the bed to store the favorite books to read before bedtime.
11. Re-purpose bookshelf into more practical storage
Bookshelves are great, but there are limits to what you can do with them. Use this tutorial to turn a bookshelf into a bench and storage in one!
12. Create a Library Wall
Bookshelves are annoying. Upgrade your book display by setting up a whole library wall. Pretty impressive!
13. Use Toys as part of Decor
If you have a nice collection of pretty unusual toys, why not make them the highlight of the toy room and double up as a great decoration.
14. ZOO Keeper
Stuffed toys overload? No problem – turn your kids into ZOO keeper that need to make sure all animals are in their cage after playtime!
15. Get their Clothes Organized
One of my favorite tips here. Saves a lot of hassle and running around the house in the morning. The only thing the kids need to remember is what day of the week is it!
16. Coolest Car Garage
Using what? Toilet rolls? Why haven’t I thought of that myself??
17. Accommodate Barbies
… in your shoe rack! They can even have their name labels! Which one will be in the penthouse?
18. For Kids Art and School Work
Create a wholly dedicated wall showcasing your kids’ arts and school work. They will be over the moon to have their latest pieces on display.
19. Chalkboard storage
Forget about a small chalkboard and dedicate a whole wall in their room to art. Use chalkboard paint and golden storage containers to get this amazing look!
20. Hide Toys in Closet
Everything has to be perfectly organized of course. When you need a more tidy room, simply close the closet door!
21. Magnetic Strip for Cars
Fasten to the wall at their level and his favorite car will never be lost again.
22. Pack & Go Kitchen
Make your storage double up as a play space. This one is also brilliant to take on the road with you.
23. Make it Pretty
Toy storage doesn’t mean a whole rainbow of colors and ugly containers. Keep it simple and stylish; even toy storage can look awesome!
24. Turn Diaper Box into Storage
No need to buy new boxes when you can reuse what you already have at home!
Tutorial by Thrifty & Chic
25. Wall Art Desk
Let them have fun with the crayons, and when they’re done, simply put away and close it!
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